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From: Sketches towards a tattoo

An unusual challenge, but an interesting one. The trick is to make the codes in the design easily recognisable to those in the know, but imperceptible to others.

Challenge information

Broad, Persuasive 23

  • 16 - very chancy (41%)
  • 20 - chancy (52%)
  • 24 - modest (62%)
  • 28 - very modest (73%)
  • 32 - low-risk (83%)
  • 35 - straightforward (91%)
  • 39 - straightforward (100%)


Quite satisfactory

Your design is a variation on the Broken Sun. You turn it over and gracefully accept your pay.

Rare Success

You've been at this too long

[…]tattoo-shapes everywhere![…]the graffiti on that alley wall…

No, hang on. That is a Clathermontian design![…]that cross and knotwork is either[…]the Purple Saint or[…]the Pedlar of Wonders.

Someone's painting messages on the skin of the city.[…]

Description summary:
You see patterns everywhere! In the false-stars, the doily-napkins, the alley walls...
You have not had much luck decoding the first two, yet. But that last one...

[Find the rest of the story at]


Hm. Perhaps if I turn it upside down -

It doesn't even convince you. You scrap it and start over.